Photo: I'll Have Another Out of Belmont Stakes, No Triple Crown
The ‘I’ll Have Another’ race horse that was on the road to achieving Triple Crown glory after winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness will not compete in the Belmont Stakes due to a reported leg injury.
The training staff for ‘I’ll Have Another’ is due to present the horse in front of the media at noon CST to show the horse is ok but with the type of injury he reportedly has on its left leg it might not be able to race safely. The horse went out on its morning run alone without other horses to bother it – it is probably during this morning run or its late Thursday practice that the injury was discovered. Trainer Doug O’Neill delivered the bad news to racing fans on ‘The Dan Patrick Show’.
Jockey Mario Gutierrez and ‘I’ll Have Another’ were on the way to creating Triple Crown glory after winning the Kentucky Derby in April and then the 137th Preakness in May. The third and final race of the Triple Crown is the Belmont race held tomorrow in New York which is the longest race at 1.5 miles.
Gutierrez, 25, from Vera Cruz, Mexico was the first jockey to win the Kentucky Derby on his first try since 2004. He was discovered by owner J. Paul Reddam after winning 91 races as a novice in Canada and has been jockeying since age 14 starting out in Mexico City.
There has not been a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed won in 1978.